London: S.P.C.K., 1952. 12 mo., original navy cloth, blue top edge, original dust jacket. Very light edge-wear to price-clipped dust jacket, else Fine. Item #920
"ONE CATHOLICK AND APOSTOLICK CHURCH" First edition of these writings tracing the dispute between Rome and Canterbury over the "claim of universal jurisdiction for the Pope as by divine law." Reflecting on the last hundred years of the Roman - Anglican controversy over Papal authority, Giles states "the chief excuse for my book is that extracts from the fathers, when seen in their context, so often give a different picture from that which they give when quoted briefly by controversial writers." Based on the unifying epigraph: "That They May Be One" (John 17:11), Giles assembles documents tracing the Fathers of the Church—the early popes and theologians of the Patristic Age—on the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, including Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Cyprian, Meletius, Jerome, John Chrysostom, Augustine, and Leo the Great. Giles describes the early structuring of the Church under the Greek and Latin Apostolic Fathers, culminating in Pope Leo the Great's "theory of Peter's primacy" and the Council of Chalcedon. "Leo called by his successors, 'The Great,' did more than any of his predecessors to establish the dominance of Rome" (Frank Magill). Giles considers the nature of "the appeal to history," revealing differing interpretations of the historical roots of religious thought and discounting the "unrepentant axe-grinders" on either side of the debate. A brief Preface (of acknowledgments) is followed by a short Introduction acknowledging "the wide gulf between the Roman Catholic and Anglican views on Church authority." With an Index of Documents, an Index of Scriptural References, and a General Index. Magill. Masterpieces of Christian Literature.